Haikus in Your Writing


Haikus are a rather nice form of poetry, and simple too: just write three lines, the first five syllables, the second seven, and the third five again. Usually, they require thought put into them; the wording has to be just right, the message concise; Twitter as poetry, in a sense.

But what if you could write them without trying?

That’s the idea behind Haiku Finder, an extension of the website of Jonathan Feinberg, creator of the ever-so-awesome Wordle. Haiku Finder goes through any bit of text and finds haikus, only counting sentences or groups of sentences, with great effect. For instance, Haiku Finder found three haikus in my NaNoWriMo novel:

This was interesting.
Fate watched the events, her eyes
greedy for drama.

“Don’t you like it here?
” “Of course I do! But, I just…
I need to move on.


“Stop right there,” she said
in as menacing a tone
as she could muster.


Cool, huh? (Though that second one isn’t very good.)

I found the website through the NaNoWriMo forums; this thread to be specific.

So try it out! Even short documents might have a really cool haiku hidden in the depths of their text.

Oh! Before I go, here’s the Wordle for my NaNoWriMo novel, just for fun:

And Allica's not even a main character. Heck, she's hardly even a minor character!


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